Dr. Justin Ferguson is the Assistant Dean for Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning where he leads the College’s off-campus programs in Indianapolis. In addition to directing, and teaching in, the Master of Urban Design (MUD) Program, Justin serves as the Executive Director of the newly created Center for Civic Design (CCD), the College's center for outreach and engagement in Indianapolis as well as across the State of Indiana. An architect and urban designer with 20+ years of professional experience across various project types and scales, Justin’s professional and academic focus for the past 15 years has been that of public engagement in planning and design. Across his professional work, teaching, research, and engagement through community design, Justin has collaborated with a great diversity of community, professional, and municipal partners while providing technical assistance and helping to develop a more informed public around the planning and design of our cities, towns, neighborhoods, and places.
Justin has recently served as an expert, resource team member for the 67th National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design as well as hosted the 2017 West Regional Session, in Indianapolis, with Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning. He serves on the Board of Directors for both AIA Indiana and AIA Indianapolis and has recently been named a 2018 National AIA Blueprint for Better Communities Champion as well as an advocate to the 2018 National AIA Design Justice Summit. Justin holds a PhD and MSc in Architecture from the University of Michigan as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to Ball State University, Justin taught courses in Architecture and Urban Design at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.